Dear Wool, you are misunderstood by this modern world, with its forced hot air heating and thoughtless disposable clothing purchases. Seems as though people living today don’t even know that the reason you keep a hat on and button your coat is to protect your head and heart, they would never understand something as practical and old-fashioned as you. This world doesn’t remember that you last forever, keeping me so warm when wrapped tight. And like all things that are worth loving, a little itching or discomfort presents itself first, but fades. The feeling of not being cold is long remembered after you’ve had the shelter of a hand-made Norwegian sweater.
When I was a kid we had wool everything. This seemed to be one of the few things my mother brought along with her 18-year-old self from Norway, that she was going to pass on as tradition. Well, besides being open-minded in a way I don’t know anyone else ever being. I’ve never heard my mom remark about someone’s race, looks, income, nothing like that. She did once, on me complaining about my daughter’s dance teacher lacking charm, say “Ingrid, she is a Burlington County woman.” I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair.
I still have all the sweaters I was knit as a kid, my daughters wear them now. My grandmother knits daily, she has hundreds of socks and mittens. She sells them in one of my favorite shops, in my mom’s hometown that is an hour outside of Oslo, it’s called Handverkstua and they sell crafts made by the town’s seniors. I like everything about that store, beautiful hand-carved framed mirrors, doll clothes, and hand-tooled leather belts with embossed motorcycles on them, even though I’m sure the items sold there would be the equivalent to craft afghan blankets here. I once bought a knit stuffed black cat that my grandmother’s friend, Aslaug made and on hearing of the purchase, Aslaug was beside herself at the transatlantic honor bestowed her knit cat. This cat was going to America. I imagined arriving at Newark Int’l Airport with a sea of Etsy chicks before me, half of them midwestern, warm and chubby, the other half Park Slope moms screaming with Beatlemania for Aslaug’s cat.
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